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BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood returns to screens following engagement ring speculation

The weather presenter announced her engagement to Steve Randall in 2022

Carol Kirkwood smiling while wearing a red short-sleeved dress with her blonde hair worn loose
Diane Shipley
Diane ShipleySenior Online Writer
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Carol Kirkwood recently bounced back from on-air criticism from one of her colleagues and the good-natured BBC star appeared to be on top form again on Wednesday. 

Fans of the Breakfast presenter will no doubt have been glad to see that her glittering engagement ring was clearly visible on her left hand, after being absent last week. 

Taking to social media platform X, one commented in response to Carol's good morning message: "Morning, relieved to see your ring back in place. Thought you had been let down…" 

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The previous week, another eagle-eyed viewer posted, in response to a BBC weather warning: "The red warning is serious. But not as worrying as Carol Kirkwood not wearing her engagement ring on BBC Breakfast this morning. Hope all is OK?" 

Carol is preparing to tie the knot for the second time, having been married to cricketer Jimmy Kirkwood between 1990 and 2008. In May 2022, she announced live on breakfast TV that she was engaged to her fiancé, former police officer Steve Randall. 

Carol Kirkwood and partner Steve Randall at The Radio Times Covers Party at Claridge's Hotel© Can Nguyen/Shutterstock
Carol and Steve got engaged last year

Earlier this year, the presenter talked about feeling "happy and healthy" and gushed about her "perfect" beau and why they are in no hurry to organise their big day. 

Speaking to Closer magazine about her 48-year-old partner, Carol, 61, said: "My fiancé is very handsome. He's very kind and caring and he makes me laugh. Steve's a good cook too. He's all I could ever want. In my eyes he's perfect." The BBC star also opened up about how she and Steve got together – revealing that she wasn't expecting to get into a relationship at the time. 

Carol Kirkwood at the Chelsea Flower Show© Getty
The star is beloved by viewers

She said: "We were friends before we became romantically involved so we knew each other quite well before we started dating. That was nice because it just kind of happened. Neither of us were looking for romance and there it was, it just evolves. It's so lovely. Who'd have thought that at this ripe old age, I'd be getting married again? I certainly didn't." 

No wonder the star also said: "There's so much to look forward to in the next 20 years". One of the projects Carol is no doubt excited about is her second career as an author, which has led to huge success, with her third book Secrets of the Villa Amore recently hitting the bestseller list.

Carol Kirkwood crossing her arms and smiling© BBC
Carol has a lot to look forward to

Speaking at the time of her book launch, Carol added: "We know we are definitely going to get married – we just haven't sorted out the details yet. We're just enjoying being engaged to be honest". 

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Carol and Steve began dating back in 2021 and generally keep their private life out of the spotlight but the BBC broadcaster did open up about the special moment they got engaged last spring. 

Carol Kirkwood on BBC Breakfast sofa© BBC
The presenter on BBC Breakfast sofa

Speaking to fellow BBC presenters Sally Nugent and Jon Kay at the time, Carol explained: "We got engaged when we were on holiday, so it's lovely news and we're both thrilled. Thank you!" 

Carol had previously candidly shared how her first marriage shaped her thoughts toward getting engaged again.

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